When kings meet,
there are roads, tricky roads and then there's the transalpina road in romania. running through
the carpathian mountains it links sebes in the north with novaci in the south, stretching over 146
kilometres of hairpin curves, slippery slopes and high altitude vertigo. since the 1930s, when king
carol ii decided to make a real road out of this ancient roman trail, the locals have called it
the king's road. a suitable nickname, since you need an even more powerful member of the royalty to
conquer it. you need a king of the road (and yes, strong nerves wouldn't hurt either).
who rules who?
Rush hour in PoplacaHorsepower means absolutely nothing to the cattle of poplaca. a small village at the foothills of the cindrel mountains on our way to the transalpina road. every morning, large herds stroll down the high street on their way to work at the pastures outside the village. as a haulier you can only slow down, catch your breath and wait for your turn. no matter if you arrive at poplaca as a mighty ruler of the road, you will leave as a humble servant.
Logging in for workPruning and felling is a tough line of business and the early mornings don't make it any easier. but andrei bulgaru of bax trans srl in sibiu is used to it and enjoys going up the mountains. the air up here is special. it's thinner, cooler and gets your spirits going. or maybe the positive atmosphere is thanks to ovidiu moldovan, who decided to join his friend on the trip. in these mountains, with narrow roads and moody weather, even a professional driver like andrei appreciates an extra pair of eyes. especially when driving a truckload of timber.
A family of sizeOn our way up the mountains we stop in the village of jina, meeting up with kevin, mara, vanessa, teodora, diana and vlad. the family of lechintan is big. but then again, no other family is more familiar with large proportions than this one. as head of rontransmar in bistrita, vlad handles more than sixty heavy trucks specialized in oversized transports such as windmills, industrial equipment and boats. what he can't move is yet to be found out. or more likely, dealt with by his family members. in one way or another, everybody is involved in this big business.
Breaking rocks in the hot sun26 kilometres west of the county capital sibiu, lies tilisca and this quarry carefully hidden away in the green, lush transylvanian hillsides. to get here, remus cazacu and ilie grozav from bim srl need to leave the otherwise newly paved transalpina road and overcome a section of mud, potholes and rough stone. which is a bit ironic, since most of the gravel mined in this quarry is actually used to build high-quality roads and high-ways all over romania.
Wuthering heightsName: transalpina road.
Nickname: the king's road.
Location: parâng mountains group,
in the southern carpathians.
Length: 146 kilometers.
Highest point: urdele pass,
2.145 meters above sea level.
Completely paved: 2009.
Closed: in the wintertime.
A transylvanian retreatVictory! conquering the transalpina road means that you are a true king of the road – and that you've earned a reward. like a stop at the scania workshop outside cluj-napoca, a well-known haven for truckers. not that you need a service or repairs, but how about a nice cup of coffee and a few friendly ears willing to listen to your adventures? this team sure made a brilliant effort for us.
Name: Corina Pataki.
Profession: sales and
Company: Scania in cluj-napoca.
The crew at the Scania dealer and workshop in
Cluj-Napoca: Andreea Urcan, Mariana Pop, Flaviu
Surd, Alexandra Andreca, Cristian Rotaru,
Andrei Lut, Roberth Ostoros and Iozsef Szandai.